Heat Provokes Schools to Close
Extreme heat warnings have been issued that will affect Monday and Tuesday. Schools are not being ordered to close but are encouraged to take steps to ensure the safety of students.
Teachers say some schools will need to judge whether or not to close due to snow.
Urgent need for a national school closure plan to be rolled out
Parents should keep their children’s school uniforms light and loose, so they don’t overheat. Simon Kidwell, head teacher at Hartford Manor Primary School and Nursery in Cheshire, advised parents to do this to prevent overheating in students.
The heat wave is forcing schools to re-evaluate their uniform policy.
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They don’t have to close because classes rotate around air-conditioned rooms, and there is enough shade outside.
Somerset County Council, and Portsmouth City Council, say they are not concerned about closures.
Headteachers in North Northamptonshire have the discretion to close their school if they deem it necessary. Cambridgeshire County Council asked schools to do all they can to remain open with appropriate adjustments.
How some schools have come up with creative ways to keep cool during a heatwave
Even when it is about 25C, many classrooms can be very uncomfortable. This problem is at Alan Roe’s, Dr Challoner’s High School in Buckinghamshire.
The school notified parents that some staff would be available to respond remotely, and a few staff members will stay to provide childcare for those who could not find other options.
How other schools have adapted to the heatwave
Leaders should “take any steps necessary” to protect children from violence.
Similarly, Pupils need to stay out of the sun, and they should wear loose clothing.
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The Department for Education said schools have to shut down “by law” if there is no temperature, but they should be safe to stay open at ” reasonable ” temperatures.
There have been similar measures taken in Wales.
Schools to close or let children wear PE kits to keep cool
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Some schools are considering using less heat-generating equipment, like computers and ovens. They are also altering their lunch menus for things that take less time to cook.
All of the schools in London close during a red weather warning
It is unlikely that there will be widespread closures. It would be a last resort.
He thought increased ventilation would help keep the school safe during warmer summers. – The pandemic brought that to light.
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